Inspiration comes in shouts and whispers, carried on currents that swirl through the magnificent oaks, nobly gnarled walnuts and impudent scrub cedars of my beloved Kentucky hills.  Writing is my sanity and my madness. How is it that something can be so cathartic, so freeing, yet bind me in knots?

I’m here because blogging gives me that bizarre combination of pleasure and terror that I mentioned before.  I have chosen to live alone in the middle of nowhere, so there’s definitely a social component.  It’s a way to connect with some truly brilliant, funny, quirky people who inspire me.  That’s the crux of why I blog – while certainly not one of the truly brilliant, I’m occasionally funny and definitely quirky.  I hope that someone somewhere will be inspired by one of my posts; whether it’s to snort and roll their eyes, or burst into laughter, or just consider what they’ve read and gain a bit of a new perspective.

So…who am I?  A cross between Dorothy Parker and Granny Clampett.  A well educated hillbilly, in other words.  Not quite as cynical Ms. Parker, but every bit as feisty as Ms.Clampett.  One of my favorite cousins sent me a tee shirt for Christmas that declares “All I care about is my farm and my animals.  Oh…and like maybe 3 people.”  That pretty much says it all.


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bussokuseki
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 19:17:40

    Beautiful “About” page that cuts right to the heart of it. I wanted to thank you again for visiting my blog and commenting so thoughtfully. It has been a pleasure to cross paths…


  2. janna hill
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 00:14:00

    If you haven’t already received the Reality Blog Award (I didn’t see it on your wall) now you have. Hang it proudly. Here is the shortlink http://wp.me/p2828d-iQ
    If you have already received it (and have it hidden) you are just too darn special. At least a few of us think so.


  3. Eric Murphy
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 15:27:59

    Hope you don’t mind, but I have nominated you for the Reality Blogger Award. Clearly there’s no need for you to repeat the whole backwards-and-forwards thanks and cut-and-paste list contortions again, but FYI, here are my nominations: http://thirstymurphy.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/reality-bloger-award-the-positivity-ponzi. It’s been a real pleasure crossing virtual paths. Keep up the good work.


    • hillbillyzen13
      Jan 08, 2013 @ 19:20:53

      Once I got over a fit of giggles brought on by the vaguely obscene images inspired by cut and paste contortions, I didn’t mind a bit. I’m honored, Eric, thank you. May our virtual paths continue to cross. Now I’m off to read the work of your other nominees…


  4. matthewkirshenblatt
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 02:10:37

    Hi Hill Billy. This time, I am going to do the nominating. 🙂 I nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can find the details right here: http://wp.me/p2qfuv-uF. I hope that everything is excellent and that I will see you soon. Take care now.


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  6. TamrahJo
    May 06, 2013 @ 07:52:46

    Thanks for visiting me, so I could find you – – my kin are found all around Burma and Paducah – I never grew accustomed to the humidity, but I miss the beauty of the foggy meadows, green grass and oh, how I loved seeing the horse farms on our way to southern Ohio –


  7. TamrahJo
    May 06, 2013 @ 09:00:22

    LOL –
    Paternal side from Western Kentucky, Maternal side from Southern Ohio –
    Kentucky grandpa said, “You may have been born in Colorado, but you’re a hillbilly – why else would you go around barefoot all the time?”


  8. jhubner73
    May 09, 2013 @ 16:35:02

    I’ve nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. Welcome to my family. Check my page out for details. Or not. It’s up to you.


  9. zen city
    May 29, 2013 @ 19:13:16


  10. the_tovarysh_connection
    Jan 11, 2015 @ 10:01:23

    Well, I can certainly relate to loving your farm and where you are. My land is my solace from a sometimes crazy world, the place where I regenerate before I go out once again. No nonsense is good, with a touch of humor even better. Wishing you a warm place by the fire during these winter months, Namaste.


    • hillbillyzen13
      Jan 11, 2015 @ 12:34:35

      Ah, a kindred spirit 🙂 I can’t say there’s no nonsense, as the critters around here are prolific providers, but most often it is humorous nonsense. Thank you for reading and for your kind comment, and I wish warmth and laughter for you as well.


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